New partnership will promote research between Canadian and Israeli universities

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that funds research and training, and Israel’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, signed a declaration aimed at the promotion of research, consultation, exchange of experiences, capacity building, and training in research projects between Canadian and Israeli universities.

The letter of intent was signed by Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis. The efforts will promote Canada and Israel as top destinations for research opportunities and showcase research expertise in each country.

The signing is part of a visit to the Middle East, including Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, undertaken by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. His Excellency is accompanied by a Canadian delegation, including the CEO of Mitacs, Alejandro Adem. The purpose of the mission is to strengthen Canada’s ties with regional partners, with a particular focus on innovation, along with development, security, and humanitarian needs.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“By formalizing this relationship with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, we are encouraging the exchange of research knowledge and innovation between Canada and Israel, in addition to providing new collaborative research opportunities.”

Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science, Technology and Space

“This is a first agreement signed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space with the Government of Canada. We expect that the program will expand and inspire the launching of additional joint programs. The agreement expresses the acknowledgement of Israeli capabilities, Israel’s innovation and creativity, and its freedom of thought.”

Quick facts:

  • Within Canada, Mitacs has worked with 60 universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support innovation.
  • To further strengthen international research collaborations, Mitacs offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and partner countries — Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia — for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Photo: Mitacs CEO Alejandro Adem and Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science, Technology and Space of the State of Israel.